Heavy rain and dangerous rip currents from a weak tropical system emptied East Coast beaches for a second straight weekend, while a hurricane that could clip Mexico's coast next week grew stronger in the Pacific.
Jimena, the 10th named storm of the Pacific season, quickly became a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph.
Fueled by warm Pacific waters, Jimena could be a major Category 3 hurricane by today as it tracked north-northwest at 12 mph about 655 miles off the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula.
The National Hurricane Center's five-day forecast predicts the storm's center could pass offshore of the peninsula next week but come close enough to bring strong winds and churn up rough seas.
Farther out in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Kevin formed with top winds of 45 mph.
The storm's center on Saturday afternoon was about 1,065 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja California.
In the Atlantic, meanwhile, remnants of Tropical Storm Danny spun miles offshore, causing mostly rain in the East. National Hurricane Center forecasters said Danny had been mostly absorbed by a low-pressure system associated with a cold front over North Carolina.
“We were expecting that that was going to happen sooner or later. It happened a little bit sooner,” said senior hurricane specialist Lixion Avila. “Basically Danny has been swallowed by the big low.”
In Boston, heavy rain fell on hundreds lining sidewalks as the funeral procession of Sen. Edward Kennedy passed through the city. A flood watch remained in effect for parts of Massachusetts as beaches were ordered closed and public ferry services in and around Boston were canceled.
In North Carolina, tropical storm watches for the coast were discontinued, but people were urged to be cautious near the water.